Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

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Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American actress who began her career in film as a child actor and successfully transitioned to young adult roles. She was the recipient of four Golden Globes, and three Academy Award nominations.

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Full name at birth
Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
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Claim to fame
Rebel Without A Cause
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Date of birth
20 July 1938
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Place of birth
San Francisco, California, USA
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Date of death
29 November 1981
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Age
43 (age at death)
Place of death
Pacific Ocean off Santa Catalina Island, California, USA
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Cause of death
Probable drowning and other undetermined factors
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Resting place
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
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Occupation
Actress
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Height
5' (152 cm)
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Weight
95 lbs (43.1 kg)
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Distinctive feature
  • Bump on her left wrist (she was injured as a child when she fell into a river).
  • Petite frame
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Dress size
2
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Shoe size
6
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Pets
Morning Star (French Poodle)
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Net worth
$2,500,000 USD
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"I like being on the water or near the water, but not in the water."
  • Started smoking at age 16.
  • Once interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger, before his career took off, for the magazine "Hollywood Reporter" in 1979 two years before her her death. The article was entitled "The Body meets the Face".
  • Wood knew screenwriter Gavin Lambert as both were intimates of director Randy Suhr. In the early 1960s, he wrote a novel about a Hollywood child star in the 1930s, Inside Daisy Clover (1965). After reading the book, Wood telephoned Lambert and said, "I'd kill for that part." He assured her she was his first choice for the movie, for which he was writing the screenplay. She got the part and Ruth Gordon got her first Oscar nomination as an actress for portraying Daisy's mother.
  • Though some people cite her mother as being French, her mother was Russian. The source of this misconception comes from the studio that Natalie worked at when she was young -- people noticed her mother's accent and when asked if she was French, Maria replied: "Oh yes", a white lie that would contribute to this confusion.
  • Turned down the role of Judith Anderson in The Devil's Disciple (1959) because she didn't want to work with Kirk Douglas for "personal" reasons.

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